The internet and other digital technologies offer many educational and social benefits for ākonga. However, it is important to be aware of the risks. We recommend that you make sure your ākonga knows how to be safe online and check in from time to time to see what they are doing online.

Talking about internet safety

We encourage you to talk to your ākonga about the safe use of the internet on a regular basis. Being aware of the risks enables them to make safer decisions when they are using digital channels.

Being a responsible cybercitizen means:

Social networking sites

Many young people connect with their friends through social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Tik Tok. Social networking sites are free and young people can easily create their own profiles.

Risks can include:

Blocking selected websites

Learning online gives your ākonga access to a huge amount of information and resources that will help them with their studies, but we appreciate that it can sometimes be hard to keep them focused on schoolwork while they’re online.

There are free tools available to block distracting websites for any length of time you specify.

More information

For more information on talking with your ākonga about online risks, contact your kaimanaaki or kaiako.

An excellent cybersafety website is: